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Monday, 14 July 2014 11:33

US Ambassador signs six USADF grants to small income generating projects

Written by  Lydia Kalonde

 

Lilongwe, July 14:  U.S Ambassador, Jeanine Jackson on Monday, signed grants with U. S African Development Foundation (ADF) for small income generating projects in communities of Nsanje, Mulanje, Blantyre and Mzimba worth K16 million (US$39,522).

The ADF small grants programme in Malawi is designed to support community driven development projects that address grassroots economic and social problems.

200 applicants dropped their proposals and only 6 applicants were successful in receiving the ADF Funds.

In her congratulatory message to the successful applicants, Ambassador Jackson advised them to utilise the money for the intended purpose which is improving the livelihoods of vulnerable community members.

“It is a tribute to your community’s innovation, dedication and motivation that the successful applicants were able to organize and develop a plan of action to help improve their lives. It is my hope that each of your projects is not just good on paper, but they will quickly benefit the needy community members out there,” she said

She encouraged the participants that this year’s projects are unique in their own right as their activities include, shoe designing, production and marketing, tailoring and screen printing targeting deaf people, cassava and sweet potato processing into flour for food products and starch for fabric production, installation of double baking ovens in rural areas and cooking oil production using high volume oil propellers.

HE Jackson said that the fact that it is estimated that over 10,500 people will benefit from this years’ projects which fits perfectly well for the vision of the ADF to support the communities.

According to the US Ambassador, last years’ recipients have been incredibly successful in their endeavors and urged this year’s participants to work hard to see their projects grow for future sustainability.

She said US has been providing small grants to communities all over Malawi since 1966.

“Over the past five years, the U.S Government, through the African Development Foundation and the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program has assisted 95 locally initiated development projects in Malawi with funding of K185million (US$510,000).

This is the fourth year the U.S Embassy has disbursed ADF small grant fund with a total of K45 million (US$140,000) in the last three years, with activities in sewing, weaving and patchwork, gardening, mushroom farming, oil presses, grinding mill, baking, beekeeping, dairy production, piggery, poultry rearing and fuel stoves and solar energy among others.